Archive for International Domain News

Another New gTLD For Google: Buys/Registered Premium Domain ABC.Global

FRIDAY,14 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from on August 14th,Google has bought another new gTLD for its Alphabet brand which is using the domain name

Google registered/bought the premium domain name ABC.Global yesterday though its registrar Mark Monitor.

.Global has around 4,000 domain names that are priced with premium registration fees through the domain name registrar channel (however many registrars will not be selling those premium domain names until the end of August).

Rolf Larsen the CEO of .Global told that ABC.Global was priced in the highest tier of premium .global domain names.

.Global Premium domain names sold through the registrar channel do not carry a premium renewal fee.  All premium domain names renew at the normal renew fee which of course varies from registrar to registrar but is somewhere around $65.

At, a domain name registrar that is carrying premium .Global domains, I looked up another  top tier domain name and it is priced around $4,500.


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A Band You Never Heard Of Bitches About Having To Pay For or The FB Page

FRIDAY,14 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from on August 14th,a interesting story in, about a band from the 90’s name Payment is bitching about not being able to simply get the domain name and/or a Facebook page by that name that is held by one of those nasty “Cybersquatters”.

Here is the title of the story:

“Rockers Pavement Spent Years With No Official Presence On Social Media Because They Refused To Pay A Fortune To A Cybersquatter For Their Domain Name.”

“The cult band split in 1999 and by the time they reunited for a comeback tour in 2010, social networking websites were the preferred route for band promotion and they wanted to set up their own page.

However, after discovering a mystery opportunist had already registered the band’s name and wanted a huge payoff to free it for the group, they refused.”

Guitarist Scott Kannberg tells Billboard, “When we were doing the reunion tour, we did a website and stuff, but with everything with Pavement, it’s like when you try to do something kind of cool, it always gets done kind of half-a**ed, you know? So everybody just lost interest in that website.”

“Then the Facebook, (other) people had control of it, like fans had Facebook pages and stuff. We tried to get (our official page) back around the reunion tour. But whoever had the page wouldn’t give it up, so we were just like, ‘Well, whatever.’ It wasn’t because we didn’t want to…

“We don’t know (who it was)!

I think it was just some random person who accumulated a bunch of pages for money.

They wanted a lot of money or something.

It was kind of a time when Facebook wasn’t as powerful. We were like, ‘Well, no way.’”

Well dude if you check it out, Facebook wasn’t even formed until 2004, way after 1989 when you were thinking about getting your Facebook page which didn’t even exist.

If you waited until 2010 for a generic term on Facebook, yeah its probably taken.

Maybe Scott your confusing Facebook with

As far as domain names go is owned by the American Concrete Pavement Association, which sure doesn’t sound like a cybersquatter to me.

As for the band maybe you should be more concerned about your Wikipedia page:

“Pavement was an American indie rock band that formed in Stockton, California in 1989.”

Operative word is “was”.

As for the band since you were formed in 1989 you certainly were well positioned to register the domain name, which I will go way out on a limb to say was available to be registered for free in 1989.

You were also around in 2004 when Facebook started so you could have registered your bands name on a FB page.

Now if you just woke up in 2010 or 2015, sorry you took a long nap, but don’t blame those that were awake and aware maybe you should fact check your stories.

I checked and the bands most “popular” song only has 2 bars which is the pervable blimp on the radar.

Breaking: Hits the DOMAINfest .asia Auction at No Reserve

FRIDAY,14 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from Domain Forum of China on August 14th,the domain name 8.XYZ will be in the auction as part of the conference that will be held in Macau China from September 4th- 7th. in conjunction with 4.CN will be holding an online domain name auction of around 150+ domains from September 2nd-September 9th.

The auction will be in English and Chinese and bids will be show in US dollars and Chinese Yuan.

All transactions will be cleared through DN.Cn which is the leading escrow service in China.

The number 8 of course is the luckiest number in Chinese culture and the new gTLD .XYZ has been in the global news this week ever since Google announced it’s new holding company Alphabet’s web address will be

Domain names containing the number 8 have sold for big money.

Most recently sold at Heritage Auction in February of this year for $115K. was sold by Frank Schilling’s Name Administration for $245,000 also earlier this year. sold for $140,000 of February of this year.

The domain name 8.XYZ is being offered at no reserve and is arguably the best .xyz domain of all (except now

The domain is owned by the .XYZ registry and is being offered for sale for the 1st time.

Based on the sale for $115,000, coupled with the fact that a substantial percentage of the registered .xyz domain names are registered to registrants in China, we expect this domain to easily hit the five figures, if not the six figures.

We expect to have the complete inventory for the auction to loaded by next week on and I can tell you we have a very impressive list of domains, domains domains as well as single as well as some special new gTLD’s.

Bidding instructions will follow.

By the way the submission period is now closed for this auction.

As a disclaimer, I am a director of

Negari of .XYZ On Bloomberg TV On Dominance of .Com: “I Think It’s Over”

THURSDAY,13 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from on August 13th,Daniel Negari the CEO of the .XYZ registry was interviewed on Bloomberg Television today during the Bloomberg West show.

.XYZ has been in the headline since Google announcement of the formation of its parent company Alphabet which would be using the domain name

The co-host of the Bloomberg West show asked the following question:

There are now a Lot of choice for a domain name.

We know that .Com is king,  how long will that last?


“I think its over”

Negari went on to say .XYZ was adding on average 3K registrations a day before the announcement, and confirmed what we reported earlier that .XYZ had 20,000 domain registrations in the two days following the Google announcement.

“XYZ is the future.

The alphabet ends in XYZ and so should domain names.

You can watch the interview here, unfortunately its a Yahoo feed so you will have to suffer through a 30 second commercial to watch the interview.

Not too much in the domain space is hotter this week than .XYZ.

Google Didn’t Even Contact BMW To Offer To Buy

THURSDAY,13 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from on August 13th,it seems that Google did not even contact BMW, that owns the domain name, to see if they would sell it before going with

The article quotes a spokesman at BMW, who said “that the automaker was not informed ahead of time of plans by Page and Brin to create a company called Alphabet and had not received any offers to buy the Internet domain or the trademark”.

Beyond BMW’s trademark issue with Google there are plenty of other Company’s using the term Alphabet:

“On Wall Street, there is an Alphabet Funds. Lots of midsize and small companies also use the name Alphabet. There is an Alphabet Energy in Hayward, Calif.; an Alphabet Record Co. in Austin, Texas; an Alphabet Plumbing in Prescott, Ariz.; and many preschools, inns and restaurants with some variation of the name.

“It’s quite flattering really,” said Steve Lockwood, the company secretary of Alphabet, a small recruitment and outsourcing firm in London. “We probably won’t put it on the agenda to sue them over it, but if they want to make us a very generous offer for our domain names, we’ll certainly consider it.”

“We do all of our business online, and Google could really affect us,” said Jennifer Blakeley, who in 2008 registered Alphabet Photography as an online retail store selling printed photos of buildings and natural formations that look like letters.

The story quotes Jason Adler, founder and chief executive of Alphabet Funds, a group of hedge funds in New York, who said he already tried to buy but was unsuccessful.

“I’m getting blown up from all my investors and my friends they are sending me emails, all of them, and every one of them says the same thing: ‘Google took your name.’”

Adler founded Alphabet in 2007, and today it includes three hedge funds and is raising its first venture capital fund.

Sedo Transactions Total $1million led by at $34,500

WEDNESDAY,12 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from  on August 12th, Sedo had 454 transactions on their marketplace and via SedoMLS, totaling $1m. 54% of total sales were the result of Buy Now listings. 

 Highlights of public sales are:

Top .com: at 34,500 USD

Top ccTLD: at 19,100 EUR

Top “other” TLD: at 7,300 USD

New Gtld sales this week: Solar.City 5,000 USD – 2,500 EUR – Open.Bid 2,400 USD and Grace.Church 1,999 USD was sold in 2010 for 3,500 USD and resold this week for 20,000 USD is an interesting hack at 2,750 EUR

Domain name Price Currency
.COMs 34,500 USD 20,000 USD 20,000 USD 10,000 USD 10,000 USD 10,000 USD 9,500 EUR 7,500 USD 7,000 USD 6,000 USD 5,000 EUR 4,995 USD 4,900 USD 4,600 EUR 4,500 USD 4,200 USD 4,140 USD 4,000 USD 4,000 USD 4,000 USD 3,900 EUR 3,900 EUR 3,900 EUR 3,800 USD 3,500 USD 3,495 USD 3,350 USD 3,000 USD 3,000 USD 3,000 USD 3,000 USD 3,000 USD 3,000 USD 2,502 USD 2,500 USD 2,500 USD 2,500 USD 2,500 USD 2,499 USD 2,495 USD 2,438 USD 2,395 USD 2,300 USD 2,300 USD 2,295 USD 2,200 USD 2,200 USD 2,200 EUR 2,200 USD 2,095 USD 2,095 USD 2,095 USD 2,000 USD 2,000 EUR 2,000 GBP 2,000 EUR 1,999 EUR 1,999 USD 1,999 USD 1,900 EUR 1,895 USD 1,895 USD 1,850 USD 1,850 EUR 1,800 EUR 1,795 USD 1,695 USD 1,649 USD 1,640 USD 1,600 USD 1,599 USD 1,595 USD 1,500 USD 1,500 USD 1,500 USD 1,450 USD 1,450 USD 1,450 USD 1,400 USD 1,350 USD 1,288 USD 1,215 EUR 1,200 USD 1,100 EUR 1,099 USD 1,077 USD 1,000 USD 1,000 USD 1,000 USD 1,000 USD 1,000 USD 999 USD 999 USD 999 EUR 999 USD 998 GBP 998 GBP 998 USD 988 USD 988 USD 977 USD 975 USD 950 USD 900 USD 900 USD 900 USD 899 EUR 899 EUR 895 USD 877 USD 875 USD 850 EUR 850 USD 850 USD 850 USD 800 USD 799 EUR 799 USD 799 EUR 799 USD 799 USD 777 USD 777 USD 750 USD 750 EUR 749 USD 740 USD 700 USD 700 EUR 700 EUR
ccTLDs 19,100 EUR 15,250 EUR 6,250 GBP 4,300 EUR 3,510 EUR 3,500 EUR 3,300 USD 3,000 EUR 3,000 EUR 2,900 USD 2,750 EUR 2,500 USD 2,000 USD 2,000 USD 1,999 EUR 1,999 USD 1,750 EUR 1,750 GBP 1,745 GBP 1,625 EUR 1,500 GBP 1,500 USD 1,275 EUR 1,200 EUR 1,200 EUR 1,099 EUR 1,050 EUR 1,000 USD 1,000 EUR 1,000 GBP 1,000 EUR 1,000 EUR 999 GBP 999 EUR 999 EUR 990 EUR 942 EUR 850 GBP 839 EUR 799 USD 785 GBP 770 EUR 750 EUR 749 EUR
OTHER 7,300 USD 5,000 USD 3,499 USD 3,150 EUR 2,500 USD 2,500 EUR 2,400 USD 1,999 USD 1,900 EUR 1,800 EUR 1,720 EUR 1,600 USD 1,250 USD 1,200 EUR 1,000 EUR 1,000 USD 1,000 USD 999 GBP 950 EUR 900 USD 899 USD 877 USD 850 EUR


Best Headline For New gTLD’s: “Thanks to Google’s Alphabet, .Xyz Will End .Com Dominance”

WEDNESDAY,12 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from on August 12th, just published a story which maybe the best headline ever for the new gTLD lovers and supporters:

“Thanks to Google’s Alphabet, .XYZ Will End .Com Dominance”

That as Taylor Swift would say is the best headline “like ever, ever” for a new gTLD


Ponder on that one for a while.

Ok I will give you a few.

The rest of the story goes on to chat about Daniel Negari who sold his last name .com address for $1,800 on Namejet just today and operates .XYZ.

However the front page of has 3 articles about Alphabet and/or

The story doesn’t really give any details or support for its headline and there is not anything new in the story that we haven’t covered for years here at  but the headline is still  pretty amazing.

Meet Google New Parent’s Company Alphabet Whose Domain Name is ABC.XYZ

TUESDAY,11 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from on August 11th,Google announced today on its company’s blog, its forming a new parent company to see all of its businesses calling it Alphabet.

The domain name of the holding company is not going to be but the new gTLD

“What is Alphabet? Alphabet is mostly a collection of companies. The largest of which, of course, is Google”

“Alphabet Inc. will replace Google Inc. as the publicly-traded entity and all shares of Google will automatically convert into the same number of shares of Alphabet, with all of the same rights. Google will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet.

Our two classes of shares will continue to trade on Nasdaq as GOOGL and GOOG”

For the record is owned by BMW but is not resolving but was active back in March of this year, so Google most certainly could have bought the domain name but instead went with ABC.XYZ.

Wow: UDRP Filed on

TUESDAY,11 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from on August 11th,a UDRP has been filed on the domain name

According to the whois record the domain name is owned by “Private Individual” of the UK.

The Complainant in the UDRP is not listed.

The domain name is being used as a directory site for playing blackjack online along with other information about the game.

I found two trademark in the USPTO for the term “blackjack”. One trademark belongs to a Excel Industries, Inc. of Kansas for lawn mowers and was granted on April 21, 2014.

The other trademark belongs to Loveland Products, Inc for Fertilizers which was issued in January of this year.

However there are about 18 trademarks issued in the EU for the term blackjack.

Verizon Files 1st UDRP For a .Porn Domain Name: Verizon.Porn

MONDAY,10 AUGUST 2015 The Domains
According to the news from on August 10th,Verizon has  Filed the 1st UDRP For a .Porn Domain Name: Verizon.Porn

The domain name was registered on June 4, 2015 and is owned by an Adam Rothman of Roslyn New York.

Despite paying $1,500 in filing fees to gain control of Verizon.Porn, Verizon hasn’t bothered to  register the new gTLD .adult which was released at the same time. remains unregistered as of publication.

Verizon did gain control of the domain name on June 29th after it was registered by a third party and transferred to it after what we only assume was a C & D letter.

If you’re wondering Verizon did pony up $2K+ to register

Verizon does not own which is reserved by the ICM Registry so that Verizon didn’t have to register it.